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JohnBoleaOne thing I would like to touch on is how high school impacts mental health. I want to start off by saying that high school is a horrible place to be when you are facing mental health issues. High school is full of bullies, drugs and alcohol, and it is a place where many of us are extremely self conscious and are afraid to be who we are. I have been struggling for a long time with intense depression and have had very low lows but if you are someone like me I want you to know that you are loved, people do care, and it will get better maybe not today maybe not tomorrow but someday, someday it will get better. Im partly posting this so I can come back and read it myself but to anyone reading this you can do it, you are strong, you will get better again.
PeterNorthI used to ski competitively, the past 4 years i have stopped due to money issues. I started drinking and using drugs to get my mind off of never making it to Xgames. I had some good finishes at a couple of events (14th at aspen open was my best result). Right now I am typing this in a rehab facility and am feeling better then ever. How I ended up here was that I chose to downgrade my self, feeling bad for my self. Ive spent a lot of money on drugs and drinking the past few years to cope with what i would call some depression. My drug use has made me not want to ski or do really any of my hobbies. This started making me feel not like my self, my heart didnt even feel like mine. After years of torturing my body I finally snapped and needed to change. My mental stability was not there, I was not happy, and was pretty sad all the time. I needed a change. I am 12 days in to my 31 day program and I am finally starting to feel whole again. Im looking forward to getting back to the sports I love. If anyone is struggling with drugs and feel like their life is staying the same I highly suggest you go to a program, weather thats AA, CA, NA or a rehab. Finally feel like life is heading in the right direction! Great topic!!!!
AndrewGravesSVTo anyone out there struggling with any mental health issues and are thinking about seeing a counselor, GO SEE ONE. There's never harm in going except from the stigma that you place on yourself. If mental health was a physical disease, would you wait to take your medicine that can help? Tons of people go to counseling/ therapists, I only started in college after waiting far too long to take advantage. Trust me when I say you'll be much better off starting with someone rather than waiting until your problems seem insurmountable.